Yakimovich Programs and Sessions

Sessions offered in the Yakimovich Wellness Centre are virtual or in-person and free.

We hope these sessions:

  • Help you better navigate your health and aging journey;
  • Increase your knowledge, skills and access to resources in your community and within the health care system; 
  • Provide a variety of topics to help you Be Well, Be Secure, Be Connected, and Be Enriched

If you require any assistance with creating an account or registering with Learning Hub, please contact Liz McCarter at Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca.


Upcoming Sessions

January 2024

Title: Men’s Shed: Creating Belonging and Social Connections
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Yakimovich Wellness Centre
Presenter: Brendan Haws

Description: Men's Sheds were developed in Australia by a group of older gentlemen who were looking for purpose and connection in their lives. The concept of Men's Sheds has grown to many parts of the world, in Canada and in several locations throughout B.C.

Brendan, the presenter is keen to develop Men's Sheds in Greater Victoria create opportunities for men of all ages to build positive relationships, learn together and create a sense of community.

Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about Men's Sheds and how they can have a positive impact on our community. If you are curious about Men’s Sheds – register for this session. 

Learn the benefit's of Men’s Sheds

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Title: Recent Progress in Development of Effective Probiotics for Treatment of Gut Disorders
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2024
Time: 9:30 -11:30 a.m.
Location: Yakimovich Wellness Centre

Description: Claims that live bacterial cultures known as probiotics are beneficial to human health dates back over 100 years, but scientific validity of these claims is inconclusive. This talk will summarize recent progress on development of probiotics for treatment of recurrent C. difficile infections.

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February 2024

Title: Chronic Pain Self Management Program
Dates: Thursdays, February 8 – March 14, 2024 (six consecutive weeks)
Times: 1 - 3:30 p.m. 
Location: Yakimovich Wellness Centre

Description: This free six-week trained peer led program helps people living with chronic pain better manage symptoms and activities of daily life. Participants receive the “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain” companion book and the “Moving Easy” CD.

You will learn about:

  • Debunking myths about chronic pain;
  • Differences between acute and chronic pain
  • Understanding the pain symptom cycle;
  • Deal with stress and difficult emotions;
  • Learn to safely maintain physical activity and improve flexibility;
  • Communicate effectively with your health care team;
  • Making weekly action plans; 
  • Problem solving and making decisions:
  • Pacing, balancing activity and rest;
  • Better breathing and muscle relaxation

Registration is through Self-Management BC. Register at 1-866-902-3767 or visit www.selfmanagementbc.ca.

Title: Getting to Know Dementia
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Yakimovich Wellness Centre
Presenter: Alzheimer’s Society of BC – Victoria Resource Centre

Description: This introductory session reviews basic information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and the impact of receiving a diagnosis. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, and how to begin planning for the future. People with a diagnosis of dementia, care partners and family members are all invited to attend.

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Title: Chasing Sleep
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Yakimovich Wellness Centre
Presenter: Luther Court Community Health Centre, Occupational Therapist, Pam Hood Szivek

Description: Many Canadians report they don’t sleep well.  Come learn from an Occupational Therapist about sleep: What does healthy sleep look like, and how does it change throughout the lifespan?  What interferes with sleep and what can I do to support better sleep? Although the presentation will also touch on common sleep disorder diagnosis and treatments, the focus is on modifiable factors in your daily life.

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If you require any assistance with creating an account or registering, contact Liz McCarter, Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca.

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